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Published September 18th 2011 by Scholastic, Inc.
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“I hear laughter and someone asks if I need help, not in a nice way. I snarl, “What I need is for your mother to have thought a little harder nine months before your birthday.”

Kate Connolly, also known as Puck, lives on the island of Thisby where once a year the fall tides cause the water horses come out of the ocean onto land. Fierce, untamed, dangerous horses that can kill a man in its jaws, these horses are legend. The locals of Thisby try to catch these horses, train them and tame them for r
Kim Falconer
The Scorpio Races still haunts me, even a month after I finished it. Darkly poetic, this story pulled me in a world almost like ours, but not quite. The world building is subtle. It sits in the background where it belongs until the energy of the island builds to a point it becomes a character in itself. Brilliant.

And, the water horses . . . what rich creatures Stiefvater has created. They are beautiful, majestic, deadly, as much a part of the island and the wild sea as the people who try to ride
J.C. Phillipps
I love it when I'm such a fan of an author that I don't even need to know the plot of their book - I buy it because I love the way that individual thinks and writes. I wouldn't say that I'm a "Fan" of many authors in this way - but that is exactly how I feel about Maggie Steifvater. She writes with (what I feel) is the perfect balance between description/plot/dialog. I love the way she puts things. She sounds Irish - is she Irish? I know she lives in US now, but I'm pretty darn sure she's Irish. ...more
Have you ever read the lyrics to a song that was 404 pages long? Thats what reading this book is like. Maggie takes the passion of being driven by devotion to your family, the compassion a person could have for an animal they consider their family and the bravery it takes to put your own life on the line for them. She turns it into a beautifuly dark story you will remember for the rest of your life. Full of anger, love and adrenaline. You step on to this island and you dont come back the same. Y ...more
Maggie Stiefvater has become one of my all time favorite authors - I hope she continues writing for years to come.
Dec 04, 2013 Linden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 6 and up
Recommended to Linden by: McKenna Morris and Nancy Lane

Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races is based on the Irish legend of kelpies, or water horses, who are also shape-shifters. Each November, the island of Thisby somehow attracts these capaill uisge who swim ashore in search of meat--for they are carnivores--which can include dogs, cats, livestock or even people.

The races are for people who have captured water horses and are able to ride these fierce, dangerous, and ultimately, dizzyingly fast creatures. But Puck (actually Kate) Connolly and her
So here’s the lowdown. The totally awesome, talented writer I work for gave me a Kindle after we finished work on her second novel. My sweet, sweet girlfriends gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday. I was scheduled for a c-section with my second kid, and I wanted to check into the hospital armed with some light, not-too-realistic reading to take my mind off of things. (“Things” being nervousness, pain, general freaked-out-ness.) I read all three of Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Abish rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
From the author of Shiver, this teen fantasy deals with the mythical water horse. Every year the island has the Scorpio Races, an event where many will die and the winner will win a lot of money. The book follows two characters with their own reasons for wanting to win the races. Sean is a young man who has a gift with horses and works for the richest man on the island. He is the winner of the last four years and is racing for ownership of the water horse that is his by right. Puck is a young gi ...more
Julia M
One Wild Ride Scholastic Press, 2011,
416 pp, $17.99, 9780545224901

The Scorpio Races is the thrilling tale of the capaill uisce, the savage horses that appear from the water every November. Despite the danger, it is the people of a small island called Thisby’s quest to capture and restrain these vicious creatures long enough to race along the beach. It is told from the perspective of two different characters, using the first person voice in alternating point of views. The first, Sean Kendric
Probably 3.5 stars. I listened to it on audiobook and the alternating narrators were excellent. Honestly I was surprised that I liked it. The premise of the story was a bit strange; predatory water horses? But I think the author pulled it off really well. She provided adequate background so the reader could follow the story, without making it seem like a lesson in Celtic folklore.
Spoiler Alert. (Sort of)
Horses, sand, romance, life or death situations, and racing. To me, this is the ideal YA book; then again, I think that after reading any of Maggie Stiefvater's books (her last name is awesome too!). This book is most definitely in the top ten of my list of best books ever-it might even be #1. Puck and Sean are some of the best characters in all YA fiction and their interactions are breathtaking. Maggie Stiefvater has the ability to craft the most realistic yet heartbreak
Estrella Perotti
what can I said, I LOVE IT!I've never read a Stiefvater's book before. I picked the Scorpio Races up for a friend's recomendation and really, I'm not disappointed at all.
First of all, I love horses and races (my family has a lot of history with these magnificent animals, we have raised horses all our life) so Sean's (and Puck too)love for horses brings to me a lot of memories about my granddad and his love for them, and when a book reminds you the things you love, the things you miss (beyond th
I love Maggie Stiefvater's style of writing. I feel like it's really unique, especially to this day and age. It's just so pretty and basically paints a picture in your head without boring the reader with an overload of details. This book was really one of the best I've ever read.
I really want to rate this as five stars. The prose was haunting and the characters were alive. And the story was real. Or should be. I would visit that island.
But I couldn't quite get behind the neat bow on the package that was the ending.
Seems like an interesting idea, will definitely have a go at reading the full book.
I really like the way Stiefvater writes - some of her sentences really jump off the page as nuggets to hold on to. This was a very emotional book. At times the book is somewhat depressing and sad, but very real. I teared up twice while reading the story. The way the author interprets the myth of water horses is interesting and engaging. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
This is one of those books that makes you truly think. Possibly the most original story I've read, it appealed to my mind and my sentimental heart. As a lover of horses, romance and an amazing story, this took my breath away. I read the last page over 3 times, mesmerized by the beauty of this tale. A definite A+ for the author. A stunning novel.
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Almost a fairy tale story of horses that come from the sea and are captured and raced but never trusted. Of orphan children and young adults trying to find their way in the worldwhose values are confusing and where the chacters must decide what they really want. Beautifully written.
when i first began reading this book, it bored me a little but I continued anyway. and I am happy I did. sean and kate's relationship was slow and peaceful and I loved it. I also love the ending which sometimes authors are terrible but to me it doesn't feel like the end but the beginning.
Bobbi Laboy
Loved this book! Great characters and story - almost sad to have finished it. Hopefully this will be a series? A little mythology/sci-fi/fantasy interwoven with real world stuff, which I love. But the characters, they were so well done. Totally recommend it. Just a fun read!
An amazing author! I loved the descriptions and the content. She has a great style and makes her ideas come alive. It was slow getting into it, but picked up very, very nicely. I'm planning to read her Shiver series to see if she'll stay true to her skill.
I loved The Scorpio Races. It was a great, fast read. It was sort of slow, but I loved the adventure of Puck and Dove, and Puck and Sean.
Crystal Anderson
Sadly, I couldn't even finish it. Especially since I adore her other novels!
Karen Holt
Great audiobook. Horse, YA, Scottish island--what's not to like
One of the best, if not THE best, YA novels I have ever read.
Love this book!!! Amazing story of courage!! Wish there was a second
Soooooo good! It's something different.
Absolutely brilliant!
Somehow, I just did not get it! Wild horses that come from the sea and a once a year race that could lead to death. I'm in the minority on this one.
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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